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Lecture of research fellow of Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Sweden) Gregory Simons

On February 12, a round table discussion was held on the topic “Geopolitics and geo-economics of security and conflict in Central Asia”, with the head speaker Gregory Simons, a researcher at the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies (ISTRI) (Sweden) and associate professor at the Department of Communication Sciences, University Turība (Latvia).

As part of the opening speech, Gregory Simons outlined the main conflicts and regional security problems. The main topic of discussion was terrorism, and measures taken by Central Asian countries to combat it. Further, the causes, results and the “color revolutions” consequences for the countries of the region were discussed. Using Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan as example, Gregory Simons explained the revolution success in one country and its defeat in another. A separate role within the round table framework was assigned to the discussion of US regional policy, as well as future clashes probability between Russia and China interests in Central Asia.